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About aikidjoe

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  1. Where to go this weekend?!

    I find that 10% of the time my predictions are right, all the time.
  2. 2017/18 Oregon Washington ice

    My buddy and I climbed part of S Gulley of Guye 2 weekends ago. It was fun but precarious at the time; the easy short mixed sections had crappy thin ice that fell apart as you climbed and had very poor pro, and the sections between didn't have enough snow to make for easy plodding between, so everything took longer than we hoped. That combined with a late start, short days, and a strong spindrift avalanche that was close but fortunately missed us, we turned around about 2/3 of the way up! It was fun though, and maybe with more snow and a melt-freeze, it'll be really good soon.
  3. 2017/18 Oregon Washington ice

    Wondering if there is any news on Banks Lake? Thank you!
  4. Hi all - Reaching out to the community for comments on experience. I'm building my top rope solo setup. I currently have a Petzl Minitraxion, and am thinking of getting the Wild Country Ropeman2 as the back up, since it's less than half the cost and functions similarly. Does anyone with experience using the Ropeman have any feedback? Allow rope to glide through well? Catches without slipping? Etc. Thank you very much! Joseph
  5. Emmons Cravasse death

    Maybe the logic is that if you are with a team, at least someone will know exactly where you are and can call for a rescue?
  6. Help getting started

    I recommend American Alpine Institute if you're looking for a 5+ day course to cover the basics of climbing.
  7. Absolute newbie; where do I start?

    If you can afford it (both time off work and cost), I think it's totally worth taking an Intro course that covers both general mountaineering and rock climbing. It's the fastest way to get exposed to the basics and form a solid foundation, but it also depends a lot on the organization. I had a great experience with American Alpine Institute, which did a great job of teaching and not guiding when I did courses with them 10+ years ago, and I assume they are still great. Cost and being able to take the time off work are definitely factors, and I was very fortunate to take several of their courses (Intro to Mountaineering, Intro to Ice Climbing, Alpine and Tech Leadership 2). I've been able to grow from there.
  8. Mt Stuart West Ridge question

    I'm planning on heading to Mt Stuart West Ridge this weekend. I've climbed it once by what I suppose is the standard route, where you traverse on ledges on the south side to reach the last 2 pitches below the summit after the north side traverse. I have heard that, instead, you can just head straight up the ridge after the north side traverse, and it never gets above 5.6, which sounds much more fun. Can anyone confirm if that's true? Is there anything I should watch out for if we were to head that way? I'm taking my cousin, who is somewhat new to climbing, so I don't want to get into terrain that is tougher than that... Thanks in advance!
  9. [TR] Mt Rainier - Liberty Ridge 5/9/2015

    From Curtis Ridge stay low - around 7000 feet, and there's any easy snow ramp down to the carbon. It cliffs out above there. From there it was straight forward until you get pretty close to the ridge, then veering right there is some route finding through crevasses that could be tricky in a whiteout. The first image looks across the Carbon from near where you get on it, so you can get a sense of the path from there.
  10. Trip: Mt Rainier - Liberty Ridge Date: 5/9/2015 Trip Report: My buddy Joe and I climbed Liberty Ridge last weekend. I'm posting mostly to relay conditions as they were for those interested in climbing that side of the mountain. But I will say that, for me, it was a really inspiring climb. I've wanted to climb it for years but never felt ready until recently. Fear has always stopped me from upping my game in climbing, and I've spent the last couple of years building my fitness and working on controlling the fear. There's something liberating in feeling like you've taken a big step forward in your climbing. Oh the possibilities! Anyways, we were surprised to have the route to ourselves, and noone had been on it since the previous snowfall, so it felt like a remote, alpine adventure. It made it that much more special. The glacier crossing was straightforward; no real postholing or punch throughs on the Winthrop or Carbon (but a lot on the Emmons during the descent). Snow conditions on the ridge were generally straight forward, with some sustained sections of loose powdery wallowing. We soloed most of the route and did running belays at the icy portions. The upper route on the face is mostly blue ice, but there were some paths with snow to minimize the calf burning. Since we were racing the weather window, we did most of the climb in the dark, and ended up too far left somehow and almost on the Willis Wall. Fortunately, when we noticed we were getting mighty close to the ice cliff, we found a steep passage to the ridge crest near the top of the blue ice. We pitched this portion out, and Joe reached the bergschrund. It turned out to be a very good thing we went way left, because a serac collapsed above the top of the route and swept the face of blue ice, and could very easily have killed us had we been on route. Joe was almost underneath it when it collapsed, but fortunately had just enough time to move slightly out of the way and brace himself. The car sized chunk missed him, but a large chunk hit him square in the helmet, and he amazingly came away unscathed. (Always wear your helmet!) I mention this as a word of caution: just because you're not on Willis or Liberty Wall proper, doesn't mean there are no serac falls. In any case I didn't see anymore seracs looking too unstable, but you never know. It looked like there are a number of options at the bergschrund. We found a neat little ramp that that led us into the serac mess, with some tenuous bridges and a short WI2 section. Here's how it looked last weekend: Route overlay of where we went. In the dark, I guess we missed the Black Pyramid. Gear Notes: 6 screws, 2 pickets. We used pretty much all of it, plus a shovel/ice tool combo for a deadman anchor! I used two tools; Joe used one tool and one technical axe (curved shaft). The 1 tool 1 axe is better. Approach Notes: No snow for first half to Glacier Basin. Full coverage by Glacier Basin.
  11. [TR] Mount Baker - Coleman Headwall 3/7/2015

    Nice work! Joe and I climbed it car-to-car on Sunday, and your bootpack helped speed things along! We found the conditions to be great, but after talking it through ended up simul-soloing most of it as the conditions made for solid climbing, but we had no confidence in the picket placements. We regretted skipping the AI2 step at the beginning though.
  12. dragontal triple c

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